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Tytuł: “I must fight, always, against forgetting” : A journey through memory and grief in Helen Macdonald’s relational autobiography H is for Hawk
Autorzy: Dziok-Łazarecka, Anna
Słowa kluczowe: relational autobiography
nature writing
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 27-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 15 (4/2016), pp. 52-70
Abstrakt: The article presents how Helen Macdonald, the author of H is for Hawk, undertakes the task of ordering ‘the archaeology of grief’ – uncovering strata of remembrance with past states of mind, forgotten events, emotions, and earlier perspectives. Because the book reveals the author’s strong sense of connection with nature, it is therefore classified under the heading ‘nature writing’ or ‘new nature writing’. This non-fiction autobiographical narrative is, however, primarily a personal journey where the narrator’s/author’s inner self is revealed through carefully orchestrated memories which form her as a protagonist. The narrative is a confession of how she struggled through the ordeal of mourning after her father’s death and how in order to cope with the trauma of loss she undertook the task of taming a hawk. The story shows how in the course of manning the hawk Helen begins to ‘forget’ or rather deny civilisation, social ties, her own professional duties, and how the obsession with bird taming takes her to the very edge of sanity. At the same time, however, it is the hawk that becomes a lifeline, a connection with the corporeal, the tangible, and the physical. Moreover, the narrator’s journey with the goshawk through English landscape becomes a catalyst for remembrance that belongs to public realm. And so, it evokes more lengthy reflections on environment, literary heritage, history, society, and relations between humans and nature.
Afiliacja: University of Białystok
Nota biograficzna: Anna Dziok-Łazarecka, MA – University of Białystok, Institute of Modern Languages. she is a doctoral student of Literary Studies, Philology Department, at the University of Białystok. Her literary interests include representations of nature, landscape, and non-human in contemporary British non-fiction narratives. She seeks to discover the possibilities which literature offers of post-anthropocentric depiction of non-human. She also wishes to explore modern travel book, where the meaning of the word ‘travel’ becomes limited in geographical scope to ‘parochial’, ‘local’, ‘zonal’.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.15.4.05
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Artykuły naukowe (WFil)
Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 15

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